Our Services

Infection Prevention & Control

The Infection prevention & control team, are a team of qualified Nurses with further training and experience in infection prevention and control. The team is supported with expert advice from the Trust’s consultant microbiologist, we provide a service to Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside community areas and South Tyneside hospital.

The role of the team is to:

  • Provide training to all staff on infection control
  • Give advice to staff, patients and visitors when requested via the single point of contact line, (0191) 2831144.
  • Identify when an outbreak of infection is occurring and ensure steps are taken to prevent further spread of infection.
  • Collect and analyze audit and surveillance data from departments across the trust, to ensure good standards of practice in infection control are maintained.
  • Prepare policies to inform staff how to prevent the spread of different infections.
  • Work with local GP commissioner groups to ensure infections reported within the trust are investigated and lessons learnt & shared to improve practice.
  • Promote good hand washing which is one of the simplest, but most effective ways to prevent infection.

'Washing hands with soap and water, then drying thoroughly on a clean towel, is usually all that is necessary'.

You should wash your hands:

  • When they look or feel dirty.
  • After using the toilet.
  • Before eating.

Where is the service provided from

We are based at:
Windmill Way
Hebburn Tyne and Wear NE31 1AT

Contact details

The team can be contacted on the Infection Prevention single point of contact phone which is manned by qualified and experienced infection prevention control nurses.

Please telephone (0191) 2831144 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm

The team is managed by the Matron for infection prevention and control / Tissue Viability. Three Infection prevention and control lead nurses who lead a team of infection control nurses, staff nurses and health care assistants.

Additional information

The Trust has a Director for Infection Prevention and Control and on a day-to-day basis, responsibility for infection control lies with a Link Director, who reports to the Trust Board. This Link Director is a member of the Control of Infection Committee. This committee includes doctors, managers, Health & Safety and Occupational Health representatives and infection control Nurses from the Trust. . It discusses the infection rates within the Trust and any infection news or issues that may affect our patients. It makes sure that the policies the team produces are evidence-based and can be used by the staff. A plan is produced each year for the Infection Prevention & Control Team to achieve.